Looks Like A Deal

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 6, 2007 11:02PM

lookslike_2007_11.jpgIf you’re on enough theater mailing lists, you’ve already received the Looks Like Chicago brochure, a colorful piece promoting a colorful spectrum of theaters. The collaborative initiative brings together the stories of five continents as told by four theater companies: Congo Square, Remy Bumppo, Silk Road Theatre, and Teatro Vista.

Organized by Silk Road, who was inspired by a Time Out Chicago article bemoaning Chicago theater’s lack of diversity, Looks Like Chicago also confronts the decline of the traditional subscription model and allows theater lovers a unique way to confront their commitment issues.

Ponying up $98 for a 4-play “membership” gets you a Flex-Pass for participating companies’ spring productions: Teatro Vista’s Dreamlandia, Remy Bumppo’s Bronte, and shows from both Congo Square and Silk Road. These companies’ current subscribers need not feel envy, since $75 gets them a 3-play “upgrade” package. It’s an excellent way for everyone to broaden their horizons, save the rare beast who sees everything already. These are all companies we like and, considering their prowess and pedigrees, chances are you will too.